Got to Visit England…Virtually


Had some fun with the farmer’s market haul. I spiralized the zucchini and tossed it with diced tomatoes, MorningStar Farms vegan chicken strips, and covered in spices and finished with a little red wine vinegar. It was a hit!

Still loving my chocolate mint smoothies too!

And of course yesterday was Cinco de Mayo! I made the Venezuelan Black beans that my kids and I just LOVE, and I made a new tofu recipe with fresh squeezed OJ, olive oil, and bunch of spices. It was SO good. And was my breakfast this morning too. And I made a cilantro lime rice with fresh cilantro from my garden. The pics of the beans and rice were blurry (from steam from my Ninja Foodi and rice cooker!).

Everyone just built bowls and ate with tortilla chips. Today there WOULD have been leftovers, but I ate all the leftover tofu for breakfast. Not sorry!


Well – I rowed every day since my last post! Which means Monday, yesterday, and today.

I am finding I’m not getting the same calorie burn as I do when I run. That could be from a number of things. I’m a beginning and doing more beginner workouts (to be sure I do the form correctly and avoid injuries), and I’m not a beginner exerciser.

Could be I’m not putting in the same level of effort that I could.

Today, I ended up doing two workouts. The first was the Shred and Burn series workout #8, which was right about a half hour. I still had way too much energy, so I went ahead and did another workout – this one was cool – was 43 minutes of a row on the Thames in England. Between the two, that was about 70 minutes of rowing.

I still love the rower, but until the difficulty amps up, I’m going to sprinkle in other workouts too, like running (of course), cycling, yoga, TRX, etc. Today I did a core and lower body workout too.

I suppose this isn’t awful for a half hour, but I’m so used to a higher burn with running
This is part of a 21 around the world workout series that I’m really excited to experience. Looking forward to rowing in England someday in person!
Much more steady state

On a different topic, I happened to notice someone on NextDoor post asking if there were rowing or crew workouts (on the water) for adults locally. What great timing! Turns out there is, and when the COVID dust settles, I’ll go through the training and get to row on open water!


Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a pretty typical quarantine work. Lot’s of work and virtual meetings, working out, school, reading, and some chess too!

R and I played. Ended in a stalemate.

She also announced she thinks we should play Go, so I had to order that too….

My yoga studio has been doing a lot on interactive content for us – and not just classes. A lot on meditation, life planning, etc. It’s been really impactful for me. Just writing down what I want out of life in various categories (health, family, relationships, career, etc) has been pretty eye opening and I’m looking forward to exploring these things further.

So I must say quarantine has been an interesting and positive experience. Work is going great, and I work from home so much, that this was not a difficult pivot.

Health wise, I’ve paid much more focus to being healthy physically and mentally. I’ve massively upped my meditation and workout games as well as dialing in what I eat. I’ve fully cut out sugar, which is crazy to even think of months ago, but is something I’m majorly committed to now.

Part of this yoga immersion is focusing on things that are important, and I’m making a point to reach out to friends more than I had before – those that don’t live close by and I had no reason NOT to reach out to before. Making those connections – fostering those friendships – is something I’m realizing I neglected, and am focused on.

And that, my friends, has been my week so far! I’m very fortunate in many ways, and am ultimately trying not to take any of it for granted.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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